Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has described the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun , Alli Okunmade 11 as a forthright and selfless monarch with passion for credible leadership and good governance.

Congratulating the first class traditional ruler on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary, Kalu, urged the people of Ibadanland to sustain their support for the monarch, adding that Oba Balogun has consistently demonstrated patriotism in his endeavours.

The former Governor, who wished the paramount ruler longer years in the service of humanity, called on Oba Balogun not to relent in his efforts to promote peaceful co-existence among all ethnic groups in his domain.

He said, “I join the people of Ibadanland in celebrating Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade 11 on his 80th birthday anniversary.

“The first class monarch has continually displayed outstanding leadership qualities in various capacities.


“His contributions to nation building are remarkable, enormous and worthy of commendation.

“Under his watch, Ibadanland has witnessed tremendous development.

“I call on the people of Ibadanland to sustain their support for the monarch”.

Kalu, who is also the Ashipa Seriki Mayegun of Ibadanland wished the traditional ruler longer reign on the revered throne of his forebears.


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